September 20th, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The test run of an Indiana program aimed at providing affordable health care to otherwise uninsured adults will be extended by a year as officials continue negotiating with the federal government about using it to expand Medicaid.
As part of a deal with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Pence administration will lower the amount residents can earn before they qualify for the state-run Healthy Indiana Plan while pushing more residents into the federal health insurance exchange.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” ISTEP+ test results were released statewide this past week, and administrators are assessing how meaningful the results are for their districts.
Students had trouble around Indiana during the spring testing when online connection problems caused many to be kicked out of the testing website.
Tests ended up being completed after some delays. The results were also released later than normal.
James E.â€ťJimâ€ť Rowe, Sr., 64, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born May 4, 1949, in Wabash, he was the son of Kern and Chloe M. (Ferguson) Rowe.
He graduated from Manchester High School with the Class of 1967. On July 24, 1970, he married Brinda F. Collins in Sherwood, Mich.
He worked at Essex Wire and Cable for 32 years, retiring in 2000.
In my opinion, downtown Columbia City needs:
â€˘More retail stores
â€˘More dining options
Dillard Sturgill receives an ear examination at the Whitley County Council on Agingâ€™s Senior Health Fair Thursday. Conducting the test is Sondra Wise, of Summit Hearing Solutions.
More than 30 vendors set up booths in the newly completed Woodlands Senior Centerâ€™s bus barn.
Other health screenings were offered inside the main building.
In its third year, the fair offers information and support for healthy living to seniors.
See more photos on Page A10 of Saturday's issue of The Post and Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An unsafe building notice was sent to William Hinen who owns a property in Laud that is vacant and has served as a dwelling place for animals and large swarms of bees. Neighbors spoke to the commissioners in August and paper work was filed to notify the property owner of his due diligence.
At Mondayâ€™s meeting, Craig Wagner, chief building inspector for the county, gave an update on the Hinen property.
â€śIt seems Mr. Hinen has complied with the order,â€ť Wagner said. â€śWindows are boarded up and there has been some significant changes to the structure to enclose it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In recent weeks, Whitley County officials have made several requests to commissioners in regards to neglected properties.
Scott Wagner, environmental health specialist for the county, updated the Whitley County Commissioners on the status of the property located on CR 400 South in Columbia City, owned by Thomas Ebetino.
Earlier this month, Bob Sutton, a homeowner on CR 400 South, came before the commissioners to complain about the excessive junk piling up at Ebetinoâ€™s property and the overgrown, neglected yard.
TOPEKA â€” Churubuscoâ€™s volleyball team hit the road to take on the first-place team in the Northeast Corner Conference Thursday, and fell in three games.
The Lady Eagles gave Westview all it could handle in the first set, but the Lady Warriors held on to win the match â€” 25-23, 25-13 and 25-12.
In the first game, Churubusco jumped out to an early lead.
Lady Eagle Head Volleyball Coach Trinda Goings said her squad was able to take command early and go up 14-8.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s volleyball team battled back, but its effort fell just short against Homestead.
The Lady Eagles fell in five games, 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 17-25 and 15-13.
Although each game was competitive, Columbia City could have easily been deposited in three sets by the Lady Spartans. The score in game three was tied near the end, and Homestead was within points of putting away the hosts in a sweep.
However, the Lady Eagles rallied to take game 3, and then dominated with serving and held the advantage to take the fourth game as well.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An ongoing water issue at Tri-Lakes Park has kept Whitley County Health Department officials searching for answers.
Water in the park bathrooms was deemed contaminated after a failed water test. Scott Wagner, environmental health specialist for the county, said the issue may have been caused by a deteriorated well casing.
â€śWeâ€™ve had the well tested and have done several things to try and solve the problem,â€ť Wagner told County Commissioners Monday. â€śAt this point, the only way to get water to the park is to drill a new well.â€ť